2019 Ben Haines Firelights Syrah

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Phenomenal single-vineyard Grampians Syrah from Ben Haines. His time and experience as winemaker at Mount Langi clearly on show.
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Ben Haines' time at the great Mount Langi Ghiran was formative in the birth of his own label.

With all the success and accolades he garnered during his time in the Grampians, it seems only fitting he add a Grampians Shiraz to his range. And he knew just which vineyard he wanted it from.

It took him three years to get the fruit.

It comes from Andrew Toomey’s Miners Ridge Vineyard in the foothills of the region. Ben certainly has one fine wine here, and it's a beauty.

This exemplifies everything that great Grampians Shiraz is known for: spice, finesse and the balance to live long and mature beautifully in the cellar for many years to come.

Miners Ridge Vineyard, Armstrong, Grampians. Medium-bodied, naturally barrel-fermented, lees-aged, unfiltered, dry red wine

Andrew doesn’t share his fruit readily. I got to know him during my time living in the Grampians, and after 3 years of agitation, he finally caved. This fine vineyard at the foothills of the Grampians embodies all that is great about this historical cool-climate region; fine, complex structure, streams of red and blue fruits, spices, flowers and that graphite earthiness that is a signature of the region. An overall feeling of Australian, presented with elegance and restraint.

95 Points - "Classic Grampians Shiraz. Blackberry, dark raspberry, liquorice/aniseed, spice, and some floral/minty perfume. It’s succulent, all the damp earthy fruit spread with blackberry, raspberry and boysenberry, firm grainy and powdery tannin, crisp fresh berry acidity, a peaty richness laid in with spice and a twist of pepper, and a long and firm finish of excellent length. Excellent. Beautifully made." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Dense, dark purple/garnet. Fragrant bush scents, concentrated spice, vanilla pod and peppery red fruits. Strikes a spicy pose, but look further, this wine is complex and elegant, coiled tight in blackberries, blood plum, anise and tilled earth. Seamless integration of oak. And to think it's only starting life." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    1 year ago
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    Ben Haines Firelights Syrah

    Very smooth and light, perfect for that weekend endulgence

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